Ecolab expert perspective on the CDC’s recent Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks – United States, 2009-2015 report
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report summarizing data from foodborne disease outbreaks from 2009-2015 in the U.S. Ecolab food safety expert, Dr. Ruth Petran, helps explain the report, why it matters and the key takeaways for restaurants.
What were the highlights of the CDC report?
About 800 foodborne disease outbreaks are reported to the CDC annually, but it’s estimated that many more go unreported. Data about these reported outbreaks is used by public health officials, regulatory agencies and the food industry to investigate how foods become contaminated and improve overall food safety risk management approaches. Here are some highlights from the report:
What are the key takeaways from this report?
Based on the findings from the CDC’s report, here are a few strategies restaurants can follow to help reduce the risks of foodborne illness outbreaks:
For additional information, check out Ecolab’s Food Safety Resource Library for Restaurants for fact sheets and prevention tips for common foodborne illnesses. Refer to the FDA’s recommendations for proper cooking, food storage, hand hygiene and many other tips to avoid foodborne illnesses.
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